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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1978-11-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1978-11-24

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Stagger Lee, Passenger, Candyman, Minglewood Blues, From The Heart Of Me, Loser, Promised Land I Need A Miracle-> Good Lovin', Friend Of The Devil, Estimated Prophet-> Shakedown Street-> Ollin Arrageed*-> Drums-> Fire On The Mountain-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Passaic, NJ

Source Soundboard
Lineage Pre-FM MR > DAT > CD > EAC > WAV > SHN
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Pre-FM MR > DAT > CD > EAC > WAV > SHN


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2016
Subject: I just wish they would get these Elephants off the stage.
Good show! Super loose. FM Broadcast
Over the top jams!! Varied and well explored list.
Very well known Historic East Coast Venue.
Dropping in a theater show during an ice rink tour.
Reviewer: lligas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2013
Subject: King Biscuit
After reading many of the reviews of this show, thought I'd add my 2 cents. I remember this show as a King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast. I believe that broadcast opened with Passenger. After hearing the opening Jack Straw it's puzzling that it didn't make the show. This version of Sugaree is the reason it ended up being my favorite song. (glad so many artists still cover it today) I wore that cassette, I recorded off the radio on a BASF tape, out.
Also have the 3 record bootleg that a friend bought for me in some huge record store in Buffalo. Has a cool silhouette picture of Jerry on the cover. The bright glow of his frizzy hair and the shiny inlays of wolf and the frets of the guitar neck. Had black screen printed tee shirts made. Don't mind Jerry's voice. The guy was sick. But his playing never suffered. I remember Bobby saying at the time "Jerry could play guitar in a coma".
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2012
Subject: --
The video for this show is the *only* way to go - it will help put Jerry's faltering voice in context and deliver the goods playingwise - between the first and second sets it's really a toss-up - everything is spectacular, not a single song is "underplayed" or hurried. Truly a great one with that same kind of exciting essence that made up the best '78 shows.
Reviewer: gratefulmusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2011
Subject: Show
Despite Jerry's voice being a bit ragged at times this is a killer show, I say who cares if his voice is rough as long as the music is good and here the music is great.

I have always liked the dead for the music they play, the music is the lyrics in a way. Don't get me wrong I love the lyrics to dead songs, but sometimes its nice to let the music speak.

God Bless
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavorite - November 24, 2009
Subject: Jerry is losing his voice!
Jerry is losing his voice at this show and it is not pretty. The next day he went to the hospital for broncitis (or something like that). Listen to the Fire on the Mountain... and you'll know what I mean.!
Reviewer: garygold - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2008
Subject: Front row viewpoint
I don't remember this show as fondly as others (I prefer the earlier years) -- though it was the thrill of a lifetime to be seated in the front row directly in front of Jerry and to watch him do his magic from two feet away. There are video clips of this show circulating on the Internet (unfortunately they are no longer on YouTube). How odd to see a blissed-out younger version of myself 30 years down the road.

To correct the previous reviewer, Jerry didn't play pedal steel guitar that night. I don't think he had touched instrument for years.
Reviewer: grubbydead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2008
Subject: The 1978 concert broadcast
I remember this concert so well. I was already quite a fan of the Dead having been to several concerts in and around upstate NY. In 1978, I found myself in Chicago with a degree and little opportunity. With the few friends I had at that time, I announced I was having a party to listen to this concert at my place. Toward the end of it, I believe I was the only one still awake to record it.

Anyway, the 3hr cassette was one of my most precious possessions - I played it through several times over the intervening years. Then, after I moved to Long Beach, CA, my pad was burglarized and my tape box was stolen. I never thought I would hear this 11/78 concert again until I found it just by chance tonight. Hooray!! It has been a wow.

Jerry had a weak voice that night, but his guitar and peddle steal were A++. Everyone else was right on. One of the greatest concerts the Dead ever played (the uptown theater Chicago then was at least par).

My thanks to whoever preserved and posted this for posterity!
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2007
I actually taped it live off the NY fm broadcast on 8 track masters when I was 15 y/o (yes that's right 8 track)first show I ever taped . I was then hooked for life.

Reviewer: 81685DFL - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2007
Subject: Miracle
O my God. The "Miracle" in this show is unbelievable, if anyone knows of a better one please tell. I've been listening to this one a few times a day haha.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2007
Subject: Excellent show
This show puts a new perspective on later '78 for me. Conventional wisdom says that after spring tour the band went into a decline, well maybe but that's not evident here. This show is filled with great playing though Jerry's vocals are a little ragged due to him having the flu. Drummer Hamza al Din sits in on drums for Drums, Ollin Arageed, and Fire On The Mountain making for an excellent and different versions of those tunes. This is an excellent recording with lots of energy. Very nice playing in Estimated and Shakedown so stream away.
Reviewer: deadheaddave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2007
Subject: At Their Best
I have been listening to the Dead obsessively for 25 years, from really hissy auds to pristine Dick's picks. I have to tell you, this is the Dead at their very best. Garcia and the boys were hard touring, hard core, road hogs from day one. From the moment Jerry belts out his first vocal to JBG this show absolutley smokes. His voice has a sweet, congested, crackling flavor of a man who is totally run down from drugs and touring and this completely cracks me up. The Sugaree is one of the coolest they ever did(easily, no questions please) with Jerry's plaintive vocal never sounding so mournful. The Candy is one for the ages. This show captures the Dead at their wildest, funkiest, and most screwed up, which is why I'm a head to begin with. If you want to hear what the Dead were about, look no further, this was it.
Reviewer: matthewemitchell1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2006
Subject: history
My late brother gave me this maxell tape in 1979 and said it would change the way I viewed music. He was right. Since that time I have seen many shows, but not this one, and i wish i were there. The funny thing about this show is that it NEVER gets old
Reviewer: ekoostikkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2006
Subject: Friend Of The Devil???
wow Friend Of The Devil is great. never know the boys play that one slow like that.
Reviewer: outsideNinside - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2006
Subject: AMAZING
this show is a true treasure from the vaults, although jerry wasnt 100% he was still making firey hot noises from those strings . does neone know how i can burn this to a cd????
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2006
Subject: It was cold outside...
...but hot inside. This was an awesome show that later appeared as a bootleg. Memorable versions of Stagger Lee, Loser, & Shakedown. The Capital was always notorius for having their snack vendors (who would walk around the aisles) also selling drugs. This is from the FM broadcast, as was the bootleg.
Reviewer: philphanatic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2006
Subject: smokin!
this show is smokin' hot. jack straw is a great opener. one of the best versions of miracle ive ever heard.
the show finishes hot sugar mag then an encore of Johhny B. Goode.

the first time i listened to this version of JbG was in my car and it just made me stomp my feet and drive a hundred. it really is smoking. give it a listen u will love it!!!!

no question, five stars
Reviewer: mrbill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2006
Subject: Was this on King Biscuit?
Years ago, I had a cassette of this show. I think I taped it off the King Biscuit Flour Hour but I am not sure (many brain cells have disappeared since then). Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Quality-wise, this show is pretty good, both in the recording and the band's performace. Not perfect, but part of the Dead's charm is that they weren't perfect.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2006
Subject: Poor Jer!
Jerry's leads in Passenger are just amazing!

Imagine what this show would have been like if Jerry was 100%?

I hate to say it but Donna Jean nails a couple numbers here!
Reviewer: other3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2006
Subject: Jerrys voice
For those who don't know, I saw the show the night before at the Cap Center and then listed to this one on the radio. The next few were canceled to to a Jerry's cold.
Reviewer: moley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2006
Subject: What a Great venue
When i pulled up too the capitol on Monroe steet the great memorys from past shows and what was too cone some Hot playing by the band Jack Straw kicked some ass and listen too Jerry he kickin ass This small plce was our east coust Fillmore . As always we would ride up in Liam car which has broke down on monroe street . i love the Capitol
Reviewer: Browntown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2005
Subject: Awesome except for cut in shakedown
I love this show! I swear my original tape didn't have the devastating cut in Shakedown. Anyone have something to patch it with?
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2005
Subject: response to Bongdonkey
I tried for fit the shakedown, And no regrets whatsoever, the sound is everything I desired, I disagree with the comment " the first 30 seconds of shakedown are absolutely ridiculous", But I respect your opinion. My definition of ridiculous is 2:30ish into the 6-14-76 Help on the Way, check it out, jerry/keith and co galore.
But, also responding to bongdonkey, Jerry's voice is NOT as spent as suggested, Yeah!! not compared to some of the 80's rusty pipes, and the band and the tempo more than make up for any vocal weakness.
I generally hear and feel the bands downhill fall from their june77 mastery, ( 6-9-77 Winterland's energy, akin to 4-29-71 at the Fillmore East), but this preformance alters my feel somewhat, and it's exciting, imagine discovering a whole new year of dead, sure I've heard Red Rocks, but now 78 seems new and special, and not just cuzz I was born that year.
thanks Bong,, GD and co.
Reviewer: bongdonkey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2005
Subject: deep breaths...
friends, please, try for fit, if you will, this Estimated > Shakedown. the first 30 seconds of shakedown are absolutely ridiculous. i BEG of you !! jerry's voice is spent because he ruled.
Reviewer: DeadtotheHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2005
Subject: 78' Classics
Great introduction followed by Jack Straw. I dont care if Jerry's voice was shot, the instruments make up for that.
Reviewer: FORBES13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2005
Subject: Deadhead's Only!
This was an invitation only show - I received a letter giving me an opportunity to purchase tix. The powers that be gave me a pair of gold- 1st row tix. My girl and I gave keith who was right in front of us - a dozen roses, of which billy and mickey took a few and stuck them in their cymbol stands! A killer show despite Jerry's ailing voice - the captain kept on - ignoring the calls from the audience to put out his ciggarettes! What a killer show...
I also took some shots of the show...
see a few at

I'm downloading a new copy of this now...thanks!
Reviewer: Boss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2005
Subject: Jerry was a real trooper
I went to this show...The reason Jerry voice is shot is because he was fighting the after effects of the flu.The word in the street was the show was going to be cancelled but he pushed onward and because of that I always listen and smile...
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2005
Subject: For Dead Heads Only
I first bought this show as a 3 disc box set album bootleg, back in like 1980. It had a really cool picture of Jerry on the cover. It was called For Dead Heads Only, and had some old 1971 as filler. Does any one else remember that?

Fire on the Mountain, on its own without Scarlet Begonias is great. The Estimated-Shakedown simply RULES!!!!
Reviewer: deadtothecore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2004
Subject: very nice show
A GREAT recrording. FM's are gems. And a very nice show with a really nice second set.

A must have.
Reviewer: RickPell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2004
Subject: Incredible!
I still have a 5th or 6th generation worn to hell cassette of this show that I found back in college in the 80's. Always one of my favorites. Truely a pleasure to find it available in this quality for CD.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2004
Subject: Had this as a bootleg 3 album set
This was issued as a bootleg album called 'for dead heads only' sans ollin arrageed and used to crank this up on the old victrola in early 80's this was hot then and hot now jerry's voice is shot for sure but he did not forget how to play agree jack straw>sugaree is monumental+ like the shakedown too...

The FOTD makes listening to the whole thing worthwhile.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2004
Subject: great show sound quality is right on
Reviewer: Spliffy34 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2004
Subject: Great download!
Had a tape of this years ago and its great finding a copy on CD that just BLOWS that old tape away! Shakedown is totally smokin' and all tunes with Hamza El Din are just great! If you dont download this show right now, your crazy!
Reviewer: TERRAPINCANE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2004
Subject: amazing
Sugaree, and Est. Prophet to the end of the show....simply amazing....
best version of Shakedown St., funky, and the drums come in RIGHT on time...
you really need this show
Reviewer: BillDP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2004
Subject: A Game But Ailing Garcia - Still A Great Show!
I'll never forget listening to this show on the radio back in '78 in great anticipation of hearing The Dead and seeing what might be in store for me as I had tickets to see them on 11/30 at Madison Square Garden. A smokin' Jack Straw kicked things off but it was apparent early that something was not right with Garcia. His voice was creaky, shrill, nasal and congested. Song two made that even more clear as a game but ailing Garcia gave it his all during Sugaree. It was now a forgone conclusion that Jerry was pretty sick. Still, the show is red hot and even with Garcia's vocals not there, the playing was uncanny. Still the best versions of Jack Straw and Sugaree that I have ever heard. Oh yeah, after the show Garcia was hospitalized with virul pneumonia and bronchitis. :( Those tickets for 11/30 at MSG would not be valid now until 1/7/79 when the Dead re-scheduled the shows they had to cancel due to Jerry's illness. It was ok, the '79 show was hot and I had the distinction of attending the Grateful Dead's first ever gig at MSG! GET THIS 11/24/78 SHOW!!! You will not be sorry, it's simply amazing.
Reviewer: catzunderstarz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2004
Subject: To NJ with love
The Esitmated>Shakedown>Drums(with Hamza)>Fire is well, how do i put this? DANKITY DANK DANK!!!
Great sound, classic 78
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